Walsh Cove, a BC Marine Park Jewel

For mariners heading north each year, Walsh Cove is a favorite destination. This year, with the border closed, British Columbia boaters have had this pristine cove nestled in the middle of Desolation Sound all to themselves.…

Small Marina, Big Personality: Texada Boat Club

Canadian cruiser, Ruth Brown, shares stories of her visits to the small, charming marina communities of British Columbia. It may be bittersweet reading for American cruisers—we'll just have to live vicariously until the…

Heaven On Earth

A family journey to a jewel of the Salish Sea, Princess Louisa Inlet From the May, 2019 issue of 48° North. Mention the name “Princess Louisa Inlet” to nearly any boater who has had the privilege of visiting its…

Explosion and Fire Causes One Fatality at North Saanich Marina

A fire at North Saanich Marina in Sidney, BC caused one death and hospitalized two others on Sunday afternoon The Victoria Times Colonist is reporting that onlookers at North Saanich Marina in Sidney heard a bang from the…

Infernal Combustion Blues: Learning To Go With The Flow On Cortes Island

“Life is short. Whatever happens, make sure you enjoy it." Liam, the author's partner in life and extravagant travel plans. Silver Linings of an Engine Breakdown The engine squealed, loudly. It was the kind of squeal that…

Whales to Port! A Flotilla Cruise Through the Inside Passage

Shortly after 9 a.m., the mist over Ketchikan Marina lifted. The crews of our six Grand Banks cruisers fired the twin diesel engines, loosened mooring lines and coordinated radios as anticipation was building. One by one, we…

Destinations: Circumnavigating Cortes Island

Here’s our latest installment from Three Sheets Northwest guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of SalishSeaPilot.com… Not a ripple breaks the stillness across Squirrel Cove, one of Cortes Island’s best anchorages. (Photo by Ken…

A Flicka Goes to the Sunshine Coast

As the summertime approaches in the Pacific Northwest, I am reminded of my first Canadian single-handing expedition in Sampaguita, a 1985 Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20, to the Sunshine Coast. I had read about the cruising…

#TBT: B.C.’s Discovery Coast – Roscoe Inlet & Goose Island

Jacquelyn and Raleigh frolic in the sands of Goose Island. From the March 2012 issue of 48° North by Jacquelyn Watt Roscoe Inlet snakes a length of twenty-one miles, not as long as Dean or Burke Channels, but every bit as…

The Coolest Sailing Program You’ve Never Heard Of

This 48° North Interview by Joe Cline originally appeared in the October 2017 issue. As many fabulous programs and learning opportunities exist around the Salish Sea, I’m not aware of any that are nearly as committed to…